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PESSAO, Jose Elloy (pes-song'), Brazilian soldier, born in Bahia, 27 July, 1792: died there, 2 March, 1841. He received his education in his native city, enlisted in the army, and was promoted to the rank of captain. The captaingeneral, Count d'Arcos, obtained for him leave to attend the University of Coimbra, and after his graduation he returned to Brazil with the rank of major. He took part in a revolutionary demonstration in Bahia, on 3 November, 1821, and was arrested and sent to Lisbon, but afterward returned and joined the patriot army. After the liberation of Bahia he was promoted by the emperor to the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and in command of the artillery in that city he displayed energy in suppressing a mutiny. He took part in the Cisplatine war, and afterward entered the engineer corps, rendering important services in the construction of military works. He also lectured on artillery and field-fortifications to a class which he opened on 3 May, 1832, and taught chemistry in Bahia. He met his death at the hands of an unknown assassin as he was returning from Bahia to his country residence.
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